Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) has entered into an agreement to teach up to 600 Jaguar Land Rover employees to degree level in product engineering and manufacturing engineering.
Up to 100 Jaguar Land Rover staff will take up their places as sponsored degree students in October–January this year and next, studying either of the two disciplines.
From 2014, WMG will also support degree provision for the higher apprenticeship programme, creating places for up to 600 students studying at various stages over the next three to four years.
According to WMG, the teaching will follow two main paths: manufacturing engineering or product development engineering.
For the higher apprenticeship programme, specific modules related to finance, supplier management and other commercially related topics will also be included to support internal movement within Jaguar Land Rover.
In addition to the normal lectures, laboratories, seminars and tutorials students will have access to an internet-based bespoke Managed Learning Environment and will undertake activity-based learning, which will be embedded in the laboratory-based part of the programme.
WMG and Jaguar Land Rover are now working together on curriculum development. WMG chairman Prof Lord Bhattacharyya believes the programme will be the first of its kind in the UK.